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Mega projects: CM to seek environmental clearance
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
As Punjab's tempo of development is now almost fully dependent on the Union Government, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on April 21 with a wish list. This was officially confirmed today. Capt Amarinder Singh has postponed a meeting of the Council of Ministers, which was to be held tomorrow, to April 28.

The state government authorities today shortlisted seven issues which will be taken up with the Prime Minister. The most important among these is environmental clearance for the much-touted mega projects which were cleared by the empowered committee headed by Capt Amarinder Singh.Each mega project worth Rs 50 crore or more requires environmental clearance from the Union Government.

For want of clearance, most of the mega projects, which have been projected as engines of growth and employment in the state by Capt Amarinder Singh, are not making the needed headway. The Prime Minister will be requested to extend help in getting the clearance quickly.

In the past two years, the Union Government has promised a lot to Punjab in the form of setting up new institutions, etc. However, most of these promises are still part of files and not much has started happening on the ground. The issue of setting up an international airport in Punjab has been hanging fire for a long time. The proposal to set up such an airport at Laddowal ( Ludhiana) was rejected by the Union Government.

However, as an alternative to the Laddowal proposal, the Union Government had agreed to expand the Halwara airbase into an international airport. But the Union Government has been moving slowly as far as the expansion is concerned. The Prime Minister will be requested by Capt Amarinder Singh to make the authorities concerned move faster in the matter.Besides, a lot is required to be done at Raja Sansi Airport in Amritsar to give it the look of an international airport.

Punjab's demand for setting up a visa centre in Amritsar has been virtually rejected by the External Affairs Ministry.The Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Anand Sharma, had stated here yesterday that there was no proposal to set up the centre at present.The Chief Minister will take up this issue forcefully with the Prime Minister.

Another issue relates to the setting up a defence university in Patiala. The Union Government has not responded to this project the way the Punjab Government had wanted. In fact, the Defence authorities wanted that the university should be set up near Delhi. However, Capt Amarinder Singh wants that it must be allocated to Punjab. He has already selected the NIS in Patiala for setting up this university.

The Union Government had also promised to set up the National Institute of Biotechnology,the National Institute of Nanotechnology and the National Institute of Science in the state. But none of these institutes has started coming up yet. The Union Government is taking too long to clear these projects.

Besides, the Punjab Government had written to Dr Manmohan Singh for setting up the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the Indian Institute of Technology( IIT), the Indian Institute of Public Administration and the Indian Institute of Punjabi Language Development. The Bathinda oil refinery project, for which a fresh agreement on concessions was signed with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited by the state government, is also not progressing much.

The other important issues on which Capt Amarinder Singh needs the Prime Minister's help relate to farmers who are seeking an increase in the minimum support price of wheat and the waiving of loans to check suicides among farmers in certain parts of the state.


Visiting Pak in own car may soon be reality
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The possibility of Indian passport holders with valid visas travelling to Pakistan in their own vehicles may become a reality soon.

As of now, only diplomats and foreigners are allowed to travel in their own private or official cars across the Wagah barrier.

Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs maintain that there have been positive developments relating to the use of personal vehicles for travelling across the border.

It may take a while before all modalities are worked out and the Wagah land route becomes accessible for Indian passport holders. At present, only those specifically permitted to travel by bus or those granted special permission by the Ministry of Home Affairs can go to Pakistan by road.The others have to travel to Pakistan by air or train.

During his interaction with the media here yesterday, the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Anand Sharma, made it clear that as of now there was no proposal before the government for a Pakistan visa office in Amritsar.

The immediate agreement, he said, was for reviving the Consulates in Mumbai and Karachi.

The sources reveal that the Pakistan Government is yet to get suitable accommodation for its proposed Consulate in Mumbai. The building previously occupied by the Pakistan Consulate was vacated after both countries decided to close their Consulates in Karachi and Mumbai.

India, however, retained its Consulate building in Karachi, got it renovated recently and offered to open its Consulate immediately. Pakistan, the sources reveal, however, wanted that the reopening of the Consulates should be simultaneous.

Reports indicate that India has offered all help in this regard, including putting Pakistani officials in touch with real estate agents and others concerned.Now it is for the Pakistan Government to finalise property and other details, including rent, with the owners of the property.

The building initially selected by the Pakistan authorities was in dispute and under litigation.

“It is only after the two Consulates become operational that any other proposal, including the opening of a visa centre in Amritsar or even a collection centre in Punjab or Chandigarh, will be considered,” the sources in the Ministry said.


Rs 38 lakh stolen from Union Bank
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, April 19
About Rs 38 lakh were found stolen from the main branch of the Union Bank of India near Golden Temple here today.

The incident came to light when the bank staff opened the lockers for drawing the money. They immediately informed the police. A police team, led by DIG Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota and SSP Sudanshu Srivastav, reached the spot. Mr Sahota said the involvement of certain staff members could not be ruled out.

The keys of strongroom remains with D. S. Mahal, head cashier, and Charan Dass, accountant. Incidentally, yesterday they forgot the keys in the office.

Mr Srivastav said the police was working on different theories. He said it had detained the staff and was interrogating from all employees in this regard. He said a team of forensic experts were also called to take the fingerprints of the accused.

The police said the accused entered the office through main gate as no lock of the office or locker was broken. The bank was situated on the second floor of a building.


88 bonded labourers taste freedom
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 19
A warrant officer from the high court got freed 88 members of 20 families working as bonded labourers at a brick-kiln at Deon village here. Their 30 children were also got freed.

Warrant officer Mahinderpal Singh Kohli, along with Nehiawala SHO Mahinder Kumar Ghai, raided the brick-kiln around 2.30 am and got these persons released.

Maiyadeen, leader of these labourers, alleged they were working at the brick-kiln for the past one and a half months, but the kiln owner was neither paying their wages nor allowing them to work anywhere else.

He said some of them had taken up the work of harvesting wheat in a secret manner to eke out their living. When the kiln owner came to know about it, he warned the farmers against employing his labourers.

He alleged they were being paid merely Rs 150 for every 1,000 bricks as against the genuine rate of Rs 247. He alleged no proper arrangement was made for their accommodation.

He said while he had been engaged in the work for the past seven years, the rest of the families had arrived here in September last year.

Maiyadeen had lodged a complaint against the kiln owner with the high court. When contacted, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rahul Bhandari, said he had asked the SDM to investigate into the matter and submit a report to him.


50,000 trees on BSF land face axe
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hoshiarpur, April 19
About 50,000 trees on 5,600 kanal forest land, owned by the Border Security Force (BSF), are facing axe. The Civil Judge, Senior Division, in a judgment passed recently, allowed the before-1982 owners of the BSF land to cut all trees standing on the land acquired from them.

The BSF had acquired about 898 acres at Kharkan village in Hoshiarpur district from 1979 to 1982 to establish its training centre. The training centre of the force was shifted from Jalandhar to the acquired land in Hoshiarpur.

At the time of acquisition some of the land owners, led by M/s Amin Chand and Company, refused to accept the compensation for the trees on their acquired land.

Instead they insisted that they should be allowed to fell the trees on the land. The BSF authorities, however, did not yield to the demand. The aggrieved party, M/s Amin Chand and Company, moved the local civil court in the matter.

The court, in an order passed recently, allowed M/s Amin Chand and Company to fell trees on the land acquired from them.

The BSF authorities have, however, challenged the decision in the court of Civil Judge, Senior Division.

The BSF has pleaded in the court that the felling of trees would remove the green cover over the training grounds of the BSF. The removal of green cover would pose threat to the security of the BSF installations. They have also pleaded that the area in dispute has been covered under Sections 4 and 5 of the Forest Act.

The BSF has also maintained that since 1982 it has planted thousands of trees in the area. The previous owners should be allowed to fell only those trees that were existing before the acquisition.

The BSF has also pleaded that the felling of trees can lead to massive erosion in the sensitive kandi forest. The erosion can pose a threat to the Patiara dam constructed in the area. Besides, the flora and fauna of the area would also be destroyed.


Bajwa gives 1,000 cheques to voters
Tribune News Service

Kanuwan (Gurdaspur), April 19
With the elections approaching, it is time for dole out freebees among voters. Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for PWD, Punjab, distributed about 1,000 cheques of financial aid under various schemes to voters of his constituency. The cheques were distributed at a function held at Kanuwan today.

Mr Bajwa said the 300 cheques for Rs 6,100 each were given for the marriage of poor girls under the "Ashirwad'' scheme. Besides 626 more given pensions and the beneficiaries were provided cheques for grant under the scheme.

During the SAD-BJP government, there were just 3,000 social security pension beneficiaries in the Kanuwan constituency. During the past four year, 14,000 new beneficiaries had been provided the benefit in the constituency.

Mr Bajwa also gave away cheques for Rs 2 lakh each to 20 villages of his constituency which elected their panchayats unanimously. A grant of Rs 2.12 lakh was distributed among the poor for getting their houses repaired.

Later, he laid the foundation stone of a shopping complex at Kanuwan at a cost of Rs 25 lakh. The new shopping complex would accommodate about 97 vend owners currently running their business from road sides.

Mr Bajwa said about Rs 300 crore had been spent on the development of the constituency in the past four years. The majority of it was spent on roads and bridges, the department headed by Mr Bajwa himself.

Due to over all development of the area, a large number of staunch Akalis have joined the Congress. Only yesterday 24 families of Akalis from Buttarkalan village joined the Congress in his presence.

However, Akalis have termed it as a ploy to get the grants that were being offered to those who joined the ruling party.


Diagnosis of heart disease in 5 seconds
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, April 19
Can you believe that your heart ailments can be diagnosed in just five seconds. Yes, this is possible now. Thanks to the new state-of-the-art light speed volume CT system which has been installed at the Delta Heart Centre here.

The Light Speed 64 Slice Volume CT, which costs Rs 60 crore, is the first of its kind in the region. As a matter of fact, there are only five or six such machines available in the country, including three in Delhi.

The Light Speed 64 Slice Multidetector CT is a breakthrough in investigative radiology for detecting coronary artery disease. Besides, this machine can also capture the image of any organ of the body and help in diagnosis of cancer and neurological problems.

According to Dr J.S. Gill, managing director, Delta Heart Centre, coronary artery disease is the single largest cause of morbidity. The need of the time is a non-invasive and outpatient investigation that accurately diagnosis coronary artery. The CT coronary angiography plays this role to perfection, claims Dr Gill.

He says that all images required for a CT coronary angiogram are obtained in five seconds. Moreover, the patient is free to continue his daily routine. The arteries are evaluated for narrowing, blockage, presence of different varieties of plaque. The status of the various chambers of heart, cardiac muscle and the main vessels carrying blood to and from the heart can also be easily seen. It is helpful in evaluating postoperative grafts and stents.

Hailing the installation of the machine, Dr Livtar Singh Chawla, founder Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, and a leading physician of the North, says that this system will be a boon for Punjab as the Punjabis have the highest incidence of coronary artery diseases. Moreover, this system will have a non-invasive technique and is more safe.

Dr Chawla maintains that the machine will give a clear picture of the lungs, heart, brain or bone.

Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Chief Cardiologist, Hero-DMC Heart Institute, is also of the view that the new machine will benefit the patients.


District sans drug inspector
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, April 19
In the absence of a drug Inspector (DI) in the district checking of substandard/spurious drugs, control of the misuse of drugs as intoxicants and checking of medical stores/shops with the police etc have been suffering. Besides these the incumbent also performs other routine duties.

Mr Jatinder Singh, Food Inspector, was given additional charge of the drug inspector’s post in the district on February 2 this year. He assumed charge of the post in the first week of February here. As per orders of the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, Mr Jatinder Singh is undergoing training to perform duties of the new post.

Dr Suresh Goyal, officiating Civil Surgeon, said today he had already written to the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, stating that as the district had no drug inspector so works of a drug inspector, like checking of medical shops other routine works and preparation of reports were suffering so a drug inspector be deputed in this district.

Dr Goyal added he also talked to the State’s Drug Controller Mr Bhag Singh, on the phone the previous day to appoint a drug inspector here as Mr Jatinder Singh would start duties as drug inspector on May 12.

Meanwhile the State’s Drug Controller, Punjab, being the licensing authority, has cancelled drug licences of two wholesale dealers of Malerkotla and one retailer of Sangrur for violating the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules.

Dr Goyal said in the absence of a drug inspector arrangements had been made to ensure implementation of orders of the state’s Drug Controller.


Henry's warning to wheat flour millers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Responding to the issue of high price of wheat flour reported by The Tribune yesterday , the Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Avtar Henry, today urged owners of flour mills in the state to sell the wheat flour at reasonable price, since the wheat is available in plenty.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Henry said it had been brought to his notice that some owners of wheat flour mills were selling flour at a very high price. They were also underweighing it.

He warned them against resorting to such practice and stated that strict action would be taken against those found underweighing and selling the wheat flour at a high price.

He has directed flour mill owners to keep the record of wheat flour. It was reported in the columns of this newspaper that though price of wheat had come down in the open market but flour millers were selling the wheat flour at Rs 11 per Kg.

And there are certain mills which have been exempted by the state government from paying certain levies. However, those mills were not passing the benefit of exemptions to consumers, it is learnt.


Tejveer Singh honoured
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 19
Former Patiala Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh was honoured at a function organised by officials of the district administration at the Aviation Club here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Anjali Bhawra, Commissioner, Patiala Division, said Mr Tejveer Singh “had done a tremendous job and under his guidance a lot of developmental activities had been undertaken in the district which had propelled the district as one of the leading ones in Punjab”.

A galaxy of officials, including Ms Jaspreet Talwar, wife of Mr Tejveer Singh and Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, were present on the occasion. Prominent among them were Mr S.K Ahluwalia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ms Kavita Chauhan, Assistant Commissioner (under training), Mr V.K. Bhawra, DIG, Patiala Range, Mr Jagwant Singh Brar, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Mr H.S. Sidhu, Additional Secretary (Languages) and Mr M.S. Sidhu, ACA, PUDA.

Mr Tejveer Singh praised the efforts of the District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) Mr Ujagar Singh, and said without the efforts of the DPRO not much headway could be made in the development of a district. He added that he would try to do his level best during his new assignments as DC, Mohali.

Mr Ujagar Singh proposed a vote of thanks.


Patiala Vikas Manch floated
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 19
The Patiala Vikas Manch, constituted by representatives of different social, political, trader and religious organisations of this town yesterday, will field candidates in the forthcoming Assembly elections if the Congress Government failed to carry out development work in this erstwhile princely city.

Bhai Paramjit Singh, Chairman, Patiala Vikas Manch, said in a press note issued here that if the state government wasted any time in the development of the town, then the Patiala Vikas Manch would field its candidates in the election of Municipal Corporation apart from in the Assembly elections.

He alleged that people of the area had come to know that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had failed miserably to generate employment opportunities for the youths, to eradicate corruption and to carry out development of the town.

He added that these factors had led to the formation of the Patiala Vikas Manch to give the people an alternative to the existing ruling set up.

Bhai Paramjit Singh said the manch had got encouraging response and a section of Congressmen, who were fed up with the functioning of present set up, had also come into its fold.

He said people were also agitated over the fact that traders were being implicated into false criminal cases. 


Call for strike
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, April 19
AITUC, CITU and the HMM would hold a state level strike to impress upon the government to hike the basic pay of all categories of labourer on April 20.

Addressing media persons here yesterday, Mr Vijay Mishra, acting president, state CITU, and Mr Amarjit Singh Assal, secretary, AITUC, said that labourers were forced to come on the road in order to get their rights. They said that last time the hike was carried out in January, 2001. He said as per rule it must be done after every two years.

They said the government had hiked the basic pay of its employees but was “deliberately” stopping the increase of pay of labourers employed by private employers.


Rs 50 lakh given to riot victims
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 19
Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, a local MLA, on Tuesday distributed cheques worth Rs 50 lakh as compensation among victims of the 1984 anti -Sikhs riots of the district as per the Central Government scheme here.

As many as 25 riot- affected families were given cheques of Rs 2 lakh each in the office of the SDM.

Giving details, the SDM, Ropar, Mr J.C Sabharwal, said Rs 4.52 crore had been sanctioned for 222 riot victims of the Ropar and Chamkaur Sahib subdivision. Rest of the victims would also be compensated soon, he added.


Rs 2 lakh for Prem Bhatia Trust
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla has given a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the Prem Bhatia Trust. The grant was announced during a panel discussion on a book on “Indian Media: Illusion, Delusion and Reality,” organised by the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development here on Monday. The book has been published in memory of veteran journalist Prem Bhatia.


Dharna by patwar union
Our Correspondent

Abohar, April 19
The Revenue Patwar Union organised a dharna in the subdivisional complex here today in response to a call given by the state struggle committee.

They criticised the state government for adopting dilly-dallying tactics on genuine charter of demands presented by the union. 


Order stayed

Chandigarh, April 19
The transfer orders of Mr S.K. Sharma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, have been stayed, informed sources in the Punjab Government said today.

He was transferred as Managing Director of Milkfed on April 6. — TNS


Gang of robbers busted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The Ferozepore police has busted an interstate gang of eight robbers and recovered a stolen Bolero Jeep, some cash and gold ornaments from their possession.

A spokesperson for the Punjab Police based here said today that the leader of this gang, Lakhwinder Singh, alias Bittu , was nabbed and a Bolero Jeep (PB-02-AG-8070) which he had stolen was recovered. A search of the vehicle yielded a sum of Rs 26,500 and a subsequent raid at his hide-out led to the recovery of 188 grams of gold and a sum of Rs 1.23 lakh.

Lakhwinder Singh had been released on bail from Ferozepore Jail in August 2005 in a murder case. During investigation, he confessed to have formed a gang to carry out robberies.

The other members of this gang allegedly include, Gurlal Singh, Gurjant Singh, Baljinder Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Harjinder Singh (all from Ferozepore) and Raju, Manjit and Bobby Honda (all from Ludhiana).

This gang had also allegedly looted Rs 10,000 at gunpoint from Appra village in Phillaur and attacked a salesman at a petrol station in Amritsar and had also snatched Rs 60,000.

The gang had robbed occupants of a Qualis vehicle in Ludhiana and a Toyota Inova vehicle in Kurukshetra, Haryana. They had also looted a residential house in Ludhiana.


Man kills wife, paramour
Tribune News Service

Moga, April 19
A man has been arrested after he murdered his wife and her paramour at Talwandi Malian village, near here, today.

Sources said the deceased, Baljit Kaur, was married to Lachhman Singh of the village. They also had two sons, aged seven and five. Lachhman suspected that his wife was having an affair with one Hardeep Singh.

He hatched a plan to catch them red-handed. He told his wife today that he was leaving for Chandigarh, but stayed back in the village. At about 1 pm Hardeep Singh came to his residence. Lachhman followed him and scaled the outer wall of his home. He had already taken out some bricks from his room’s wall to enter into the room.

He killed Baljit Kaur and Hardeep Singh with a sharp-edged weapon.

The police has arrested Lachhman and registered a case against him under Section 302 of the IPC.


Police Lines in panic at cop’s murder
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 19
In a bizarre incident, Karam Chand, Head Constable, Punjab Police, was found murdered in the highly fortified local Police Lines. His death under mysterious circumstances put a question mark on the safety of residents in the home town of state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Fear gripped the residents of Police Lines after the news of the murder spread . Senior police officials visited the spot of the crime.

Karam Chand, who belonged to Himachal Pradesh and was putting up alone, was killed by an unidentified accused. His head was smashed with some heavy object.

Karam Chand was found lying in a pool of blood. About Rs 15,000, which he had withdrawn from the bank a day ago, was also missing.

The body was handed over to the kin of the deceased after the postmortem examination.

Residents are worried over the rise in crime in the area in the past few years.

A few months ago, a major theft took place at the Sadar Police Station in Rajpura town, where thieves managed to get away with lakhs of rupees along with weapons. About a year ago, some weapons were stolen from a police post in this district.


80,000 looted from bank
Tribune News Service

Moga, April 19
Unidentified robbers today struck at the State Bank of Patiala branch in East Jalalabad and decamped with about Rs 80,000.

Sources said the robbers, who were three in number, reached the bank at about 1 pm and gathered Rs 80,000 from the cash counter before fleeing. They also broke the rifle of the gunman deployed at the bank.


4 hurt in group clash on varsity complex
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 19
At least four persons, including two final year students of the Law Department, were injured when two warring groups clashed in front of the boys’ hostel on the Guru Nanak Dev University complex here today.

The attackers, mostly outsiders, led by an ex-student, arrived on the varsity complex in three luxury cars. They were armed with sharp-edged weapons. They snatched turbans of some of the students. A student allegedly tried to open fire in the air, however, the assailants took away his revolver (unlicensed) before fleeing.

The assailants succeeded in fleeing in two cars. They could not take away the third car.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, has denied that anybody had opened fire on the campus.

The university authorities held a high-level meeting in the evening to beef up the security. It was attended by the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, Dr R.S. Bawa, and the Security Officer, Mr S.S. Chhina.

The authorities decided to issue stickers to employees and students. The owners of non-sticker vehicles would have to deposit RCs or driving licences at the gate. Close-circuit cameras would also be installed at both gates.

Those injured have been identified as Karndip Singh Mann, Bakshinder Singh (both students of the Law Department) and Satnam Singh and his brother Gurpal Singh.

Satnam Singh and Gurpal Singh were going out after meeting their relatives on the varsity complex. They were injured when the car of the assailants hit them. Eyewitnesses said one of the vehicles of the attackers rammed into the vehicle of students, a white ZEN car (PB 04 J 0033).

Sources said the clash was the result of an old enmity. The groups reportedly have close links with the Akali Dal and the Congress.


LRS DAV school honours its achievers
Our Correspondent

Abohar, April 19
Mr Poonam Suri, secretary of the DAV Colleges Managing Committee, New Delhi, and national convener of the Arya Yuva Samaj, last night honoured students of LRS DAV Senior Secondary Model School who won medals in the national archery, shooting and other sports events besides academic competitions during the last academic session.

He inaugurated the 34th annual prize distribution function of the school. Mr Suri also launched the school website on this occasion and reiterated his “keep smiling” message by distributing cards among the august gathering of parents and guests.

He complimented the school Principal, Ms Kusum Khungar, for scaling new horizons.

Mr Dev Mittar Ahuja, chairman, LAC, and Dr B.C. Josan, regional director, DAV Schools, lauded strides made during the last year. Ms Kusum Khungar presented the annual report.


GSS college organises Parhelion 2K6
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 19
Parhelion 2K6— a techno-cultural festival—organised by the GGS College of Modern Technology here started on a scintillating note today.

The two-day extravaganza comprises a host of cultural technical literary and creative competitions for students.

The festival was inaugurated by the Chairman of the GGS group of institutions, Mr Brijpal Singh Sachdeva.

He welcomed the guests and congratulated members of the foundation for organising the show. He emphasised that a technocrat should also be well versed with the current scenario for the development of a well-rounded personality.

A shabad recitation was followed by presentation of sacred Sikh martial arts performance by the students. Dr D.S. Taneja, Vice-Principal, proposed a vote of thanks.

The Transport Minister, Punjab, Mr Mohinder Singh Kaypee, will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony tomorrow.


PU to modify B.Ed datesheet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Panjab University will be modifying the datesheet of the B.Ed examinations in order to remove the clash of dates with the dates of various entrance examinations to be conducted by the university.

The PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, said since the entrance test dates were notified and could not be changed, some modification would now have to be made in the B.Ed exam dates. However, the revised datesheet was still under preparation, said the VC adding that the candidates would be informed in time.

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